This unique two-week program, created in partnership with Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. and Ignatianum Academy, a private college in Kraków, offers Cazenovia College students a total immersion in Polish culture while living in Kraków, one of the oldest cities in Poland. Kraków's historic center, included as the first of its kind on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978, offers visitors an environment rich in art and architecture with its famous examples of Gothic and Renaissance buildings as well as art galleries and museums. Students will also have an opportunity to learn about the legacy of communism and visit Nowa Huta - a city district built entirely in the 1950 in the Socialist Realism style.
About the Program
Students will be housed (and will have their meals) on the campus of Ignatianum Academy, right within the old city center. Their city stay will be enriched by trips to the world famous Medieval salt mine and to the southern mountain region (the Tatra Mountains). Polish students will also participate in our cultural activities to achieve better integration and learn from each other.
Students from Cazenovia College, Le Moyne and Ignatianum will join together in a course with a focus on leadership, SB/EN 400 Special Topic: Taking Responsibility (3 credits). The course, taught in English by faculty from all three schools, will present a multidisciplinary view on leadership and will foreground readings by authors with a close connection to Kraków such as Joseph Conrad and Wislawa Szymborska, a Nobel Prize winning poet. A special course unit will be devoted to the Holocaust and will include a visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Students will also have an opportunity to visit American and International companies headquartered in Kraków such as CISCO, Nokia, and Motorola. Students will have an opportunity for some further interactions with Polish high school students through a short volunteer program in a city high school.
This special topics course may fulfill the following requirements:
- Upper level A&S elective
- General Education requirements for Cultural literacy or Diversity
- Academic Information
- 3 credit upper level course offered on a rotating basis
- No language requirement
- Upper level students given priority but all may apply.
- Short application form required
Housing and Dining
Students will be housed on the campus of Ignatianum Academy, right within the old city center. Their city stay will be enriched by trips to the world famous Medieval salt mine and to the southern mountain region (the Tatra Mountains). Meals will be held on the campus of Ignatianum Academy.
Currently a student visitor who is a U.S. citizen living in the U.S. is not required to have a visa to travel to Poland for trips of 3 months or less.